Faculty Chair in Forest Conservation - University of Montana

Opportunity Type: Job

Organization: University of Montana, the Dept. of Forest Management

Position: W.A. Franke Endowed Faculty Chair in Forest Conservation

Type: Full-time, Permanent

Location: Missoula, MT

Deadline: Priority by February 13, 2022; Open until filled

Description: The Department of Forest Management at the University of Montana invites applications and nominations for the open-rank, tenurable position of W.A. Franke Endowed Faculty Chair in Forest Conservation. The position is available August 2022. Candidates should be experienced or rising scholars who conduct research at the nexus of forest conservation finance and economics, climate, and carbon.

The successful candidate will advance the Department’s goal to provide innovation and leadership in forest-based natural climate solutions. We seek candidates who embody our institutional values (collegiality, community, diversity, excellence, honesty, integrity, passion) and who will advance our commitment to equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from candidates with core disciplinary training in the biophysical or social sciences who possess expertise and a record of scholarship focused on economic aspects of forest-based natural climate solutions. Reflecting the Department of Forest Management’s commitments to research excellence and applied land management, we seek candidates who excel at translating their scholarship into market or policy-based solutions implementable at large scales. As a scholar of the highest tier, the incumbent will demonstrate their passion for and excellence in teaching and student mentoring through instruction in the professional undergraduate and graduate forestry degrees.

We welcome applications from individuals with diverse perspectives and backgrounds, including international scholars. We encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, indigenous peoples, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to intellectual diversity and cultural richness.

Duties & Responsibilities: The successful candidate will maintain an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program focused on forest management at the nexus of conservation finance and economics, climate, and carbon, and will focus a portion of their program on western US forests. Teaching responsibilities include instruction in the professional B.S. Forestry degree and graduate student instruction and mentoring. Service and outreach include service to the department, college, and university, to academic peers, and to professional land managers and policy-makers nationally and/or internationally.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to scholarship, student achievement, and effective interpersonal and collaborative skills, and possess the drive to advance the Department of Forest Management, elevate its forestry degree programs, and enhance forestry as a discipline.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must possess:

  • An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree.
  • A record of impactful and distinguished research and scholarship relative to career stage; OR: record of scholarship and professional leadership in forest management or conservation in the private, public, or non-governmental sectors meriting a faculty appointment in the Department of Forest Management.
  • Evidence of established or growing professional distinction and national recognition, including scholarly publications in peer-reviewed outlets.
  • Demonstrated expertise and evidence of the ability to maintain an exemplary research program in the area of forest-based natural climate solutions at the intersection of conservation finance and economics, climate, and carbon.
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring, or potential for excellence, at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preference will be given to applicants who possess:

  • A record of translating their scholarship into market or policy-based solutions implementable at large scales.
  • Demonstrated experience building a high-performing research team, with evidence of a commitment to ethics, openness, and diversity.
  • Demonstrated experience developing research and outreach related to carbon offsets.

Apply: Online only at http://umjobs.silkroad.com. Complete applications must include:

  • A letter of application (no more than 2 pages) addressing, with examples, the above-referenced responsibilities and requirements; a research statement (2 page max); a teaching statement (2 page max); a diversity statement (1 page max) – collated into a single pdf document.
  • Three exemplar publications or other scholarly contributions in a single pdf document.
  • Curriculum vita, as pdf.
  • Names and contact information of four (4) professional references, as pdf.